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Start drawing, designing, and rendering your ideas with SketchUp, the inexpensive 3D modeling toolkit used for everything from architecture to game design. George Maestri covers the fundamentals of the application, the interface, and how to model objects from scratch. Plus, learn how to texture objects and create simple animations.
All of the lessons work with both SketchUp Make, the free version of the program, and SketchUp Pro.
Now as you start working in SketchUp, you may want to have quick access to more than one view. And we can do that using the Scenes window. So, here I have a basic view, and so this is just a perspective view of my scene. Now if I wanted to save that, I could go into Window > Scenes and it brings up this blank menu here. If I want I can hit a plus sign here, and what this does it is saves the scene out into this menu. So now I've got this kind of bookmarked and you'll also notice here it creates a little tab that I can click on.
Now if I wanted to, I could orbit around and I could move my scene, or I could go into a standard view, let's say I wanted a front view, and let's say I wanted parallel projection. And I wanted to move my scene wherever I want, so I can see it. And once I get it set the way I want, I can hit the plus button again and add another scene. So now I have two scenes, one here, one here. So if I click on this one, it goes to that perspective view. If I click on this one, it goes to the front view. So, let's say I also wanted a top view.
So I can go into Top, make sure a parallel projection is on, it is. And then just again, position my scene and hit the plus sign. And so now I can go from top to front, to perspective. Now one of the things you're probably noticing is that it's animating between the scenes. And if you're working in a modeling context, and you want to actually switch between these, fairly quickly, you really don't want this animation to be occurring. We can change this by going into View > Animation > Settings.
And when you bring this up, it'll come to the animation options here, and all we have to do is click off Enable Scene Transitions. And when we do that, now we can just very quickly switch from one to the other. So as you can see this can be very handy when modeling to go from one view to another.
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